Pabst, George Wilhelm

BORN 27 Aug 1885, Raudnitz, Bohemia (now: Roudnice nad Labem) - DIED 29 May 1967, Wien
GRAVE LOCATION Wien: Zentralfriedhof, Simmeringer Hauptstraße 234, Simmering (Gruppe 32 C, Nummer 31)

Son of a railroad employee. In 1903-1904 he had acting lessons in Vienna and in 1905 he debuted as an actor. He held engagements in Dortmund, Nürnberg, Vianna and New York. In 1912 and 1913 he staged several plays at the Deutschen Volkstheater in New York. On his way back to Germany he was in France when the First World War broke out and he was interned at Brest until 1919.

In 1920 he was engaged at the Neuen Wiener Bühne and in he directed his first movie, "Der Schatz". In 1924 he married Gertrude Hennings. They had two sons. In "Die freudlose Gasse" (1925) with Greta Garbo and Asta Nielsen he painted a strong contrast between poverty and wealth. This was his first success and he made many more movies during the 1920s, among them was "Die Büchse der Pandora" (1929). In 1930 he made his first talkie, "Westfront 1918".

In 1933 he left Germany after the nazis came to power, but in 1939 he returned. During the war he directed "Kömödianten" (1941) and "Paracelsus" (1943). After the war his movies were less successful. In 1953 he directed a number of opera productions in Italy. In 1956 he made his last two movies and then he withdrew from public life. He died in 1967.

Related persons
• directed Diessl, Gustav
• was teacher of Müller, Renate


The grave of G.W. Pabst at the Zentralfiedhof, Vienna.
Picture by Androom (26 Aug 2002)


ARD/ZDF Videotext
• Benz, Wolfgang/Hermann, Biographisches Lexicon zur Weimarer Republik, Beck, München, 1988
Georg Wilhelm Pabst - Wikipedia

Pacchioni, Giuseppe

Published: 10 Jan 2010
Last update: 18 Aug 2022